30 Days of GNU\Linux: Day 8
As I sit here watching Tosh.0, trying to concentrate on writing, I can’t help but be at least very happy at my progress using only Linux at home. As of this, I have installed Chromium Browser, which as of today as well, is using the VP9 open codec under the WebM project by Google. Dang, did my online videos speed up! The once herky-jerky video that sometimes buffered even on my 8 year old HTPC (Core 2 Duo / ATI SFF 5400 series GPU), are now fluid and at least 720p quality now. I am very impressed with this Open Codec. So, now that my online browser experience is nice and smooth what is left? TONS!
I made good progress determining the proper Handbrake settings so that XBMC on my ancient Linux HTPC runs smoothly. Aside from minor scan lines on some scenes, things are progressing well. I at least got everything playing smoothly, and know the program well. For those who don’t know, you must break the Blu Ray encryption first with MakeMKV. Both of these are in the software section of this site. The settings I had the most luck with, is 1280×720 (720p), MP4 format, H.264 codec, default decomb/deinterlace. I made those changes after starting with the Apple TV preset for 720p. Try different settings and see what happens!
Still searching for solutions to Amazon Instant Video, and if Linux teaches you anything, it’s DON’T GIVE UP! Oh, yes Hulu and other online services play very smoothly now under Chromium Browser:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install chromium-browser